Sunday, September 20, 2009

JASNA AGM in Philadelphia: "Janefest"!

The high point of the JASNA year is coming up soon: the Annual General Meeting, to be held this year in Philadelphia on October 8-11. This year's theme is "Jane Austen's Brothers and Sisters in the City of Brotherly Love." For Janeites, the AGM has it all: stimulating plenary speakers and breakout sessions; workshops and demonstrations; the Regency Emporium; and a banquet, promenade, and ball!

Registration for this AGM closed long ago, alas, but several upstate Janeites will be making the trek to Philly, and three will be among the presenters. Celia Easton, the regional coordinator of JASNA Rochester and a professor at SUNY Geneseo, will be giving a breakout session titled"The Sibling Ideal in JA's Novels: When Near Incest Really Is Best"; Deborah Knuth Klenck, a professor at Colgate, has titled her breakout session "'You Must Be a Great Comfort to Your Sister, Sir': Why Good Brothers Make Good Husbands"; and Lisa Brown, JASNA Syracuse assistant coordinator, will be giving a fashion demonstration called "Dressing Mr. Darcy," on Regency men's wear. (A. Marie Sprayberry, JASNA Syracuse coordinator, will also be defending the quiz championship she won at the Chicago AGM last year!)

Do any other Syracuse Region members besides those just mentioned plan to attend the AGM? If so, let us hear from you!

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